1925 directed by Roland West starring Lon Chaney, Johnny Arthur, Gertrude Olmstead, Hallam Cooley, Charles Sellon, Walter James, Knute Erickson and George Austin. 1925 directed by Roland West starring Lon Chaney, Johnny Arthur, Gertrude Olmstead, Hallam Cooley, Charles Sellon, Walter James, Knute Erickson and George Austin. On a dark and stormy night, mild-mannered store clerk and wanna-be detective Johnny Arthur accidentally wanders into a nearby sanitarium. At the same time, his boss and the... ( 2 reviews ) Topics: The Monster, Lon Chaney, Bull of Heaven, silent films, Roland West,, Monster, Lon Chaney, Roland...
The Goddess a silent film from China made in 1934 and starring Ruan Lingyu in a stunning performance is the story of a prostitute and her son. (The word for Goddess in Chinese also means a loose woman) It was directed by Wu Yonggang. It is a simply lovely film which will move you as few silent films can. I discovered it on the Archive, stabilized the print and added a music track and some titles. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. ( 2 reviews ) Topics: China, prostitution, education
"Welding the Big Ring" is a very short documentary. The film is included in our program to illustrate the work of Billy Bitzer, a star of Silent Hall of Fame.The film is part of the series "Westinghouse Works" (1904), which was added to the National Film Registry in 1998 as being deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".Let's all give our thanks to the Library of Congress for preserving this film and making it available to the... ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Billy Bitzer, silent film, silent movie stars, free classic film, old movies, silent film...
You tell me. This is a delightful little silent picture from the United States in the earls days. It is uncredited. I would appreciate hearing information about it. There is another copy of this on the Archive to which nI have added a sound track and brightened the picture. ( 4 reviews ) Topics: germany, boy, silents, comedy
The Sinking of the Lusitania, released in 1918, is an animated short film by American artist Winsor McCay. It features a short 12 minute explanation of the sinking of RMS Lusitania after it was struck by two torpedoes fired from a German U-boat. The film was one of many animated silent films published to create anti-German sentiment during World War I. McCay illustrated some 25,000 drawings for the production. The film is stylized as a documentary, informing viewers on details from the actual... ( 7 reviews ) Topics: Lusitantia, Winsor McCay, Animation, History, World War I, Propaganda
Charlie Chaplins 25th Film Released Aug. 31 1914 As His New Profession An American comedy silent film made at the Keystone Studios and starring Charlie Chaplin. The film involves Chaplin taking care of a man in a wheelchair. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0004101/ ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Charlie Chaplin, Silents
Charlie Chaplin's 64th Film Released Sept. 29 1918 The Bond was a propaganda film created by Charlie Chaplin at his own expense for the Liberty Load Committee for theatrical release to help sell U.S. Liberty Bonds during World War I. Made in 1918 with Edna Purviance, Albert Austin and Sydney Chaplin, the film has a distinctive visual motif set in a simple plain black set with starkly lit simple props and arrangements. The story is a series of sketches humorously illustrating various bonds like... ( 2 reviews ) Topics: Charlie Chaplin, Silents
This is a short preview. You can watch the whole film here:http://silent-hall-of-fame.org/index.php/gems-for-donation"White Water" is a short drama about lumberjack country, featuring Nell Shipman, a star of Silent Hall of Fame. Nell Shipman was a Canadian. We also show her films "Back to God's Country", "Something New" and "The Grub-Stake". Nell Shipman plays a girl in love with nature and animals. One day she meets a crippled boy, who sings for pocket... ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Nell Shipman, Bert Van Tuyle, silent film, silent movie stars, free classic film, old movies,...
Strike was directed in 1925 by Sergai Eisenstein. It was Esienstein's first feature film and an indicator of the brilliant films t follow. As with other Communist films of this period, the workers in general are the heroes. The composition and editing are spectacular, particularly with the scenes as the troop raid the apartment buildings, and the conclusion where the killing of the workers is intercut with the slaughter of cattle. ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Eisenstein, worker, labor communism, russia
Feb 27, 2015byThe Essanay Film Manufacturing Company
In the Park (1915) is a silent movie written, directed and starring Charlie Chaplin. Resolution : 718x576 pixels Version: This is a tinted print. For highest quality download the source mkv file and play with VLC Player. IMDB Link ~~~~ For free intelligent electronic music visit Karakasa Music @ archive.org ( 1 reviews ) Topics: in the park, charlie chaplin, b&w, silent, tinted
Le Voyage Dans la Lun (A Trip to the Moon) by Georges Méliès (1902) George Melies's `A Trip to the Moon' welcomes a change in film making of the twentieth century. Combined with live action as well as models, the movie tells a story about astronauts who take a trip to the moon. The moon, having a human face captures the astronauts after they crash into its eye. They later escape the moon and it's moon-men and make it back to earth safely. Melies wrote, directed and starred in this movie. He... ( 2 reviews ) Topics: Gen X, Georges Méliès, Moon, Fantasy, Short
This originally silent film marked the introduction of the all new 1928 Model A. 23 minutes in length. This film shows many inner workings of the car and includes scenes of various road tests. A musical soundtrack has been added. All music in this presentation comes from the public domain. Please visit www.orlandomodelas.com for more information about the Model A. ( 1 reviews ) Topics: modela ford, henry ford, automobiles
NOTE: THIS FILM IS SEPARATED INTO FOUR FILES Nosferatu, up elsewhere on archive.org, this is the highest resolution version up so far, a direct DVD rip, '.vob' files renamed '.mpg', no reformatting has taken place. This version is the Alpha Video (ALP 3151D) rip. For information on specific DVD versions and quality, see: http://www.silentera.com/DVD/nosferatuDVD.html For more information on public domain films, where to watch them, where to download them, and legal status info, visit... ( 7 reviews ) Topic: nosferatu vampire vampires murnau
Charlie Chaplin's 62nd Film Released Oct. 22 1917 The Adventurer is a short comedy film written and directed by Charlie Chaplin. It is the last out of the twelve films made while he was under contract for the Mutual Film Corportation. Chaplin plays an escaped convict on the run from prison guards. He falls into favor with a wealthy family after he saves a young lady (Edna Purviance) from drowning, but her suitor (Eric Campbell) does everything he can to have Chaplin apprehended by the... ( 2 reviews ) Topics: Charlie Chaplin, Silents
This is a time compressed, 16:9 formatted, color hues and foley sound effects added version of the famous "a trip down market street" film. Music is Sony Vegas score and is used under license. You are legally free to re-mix the video portion of this clip. ( 1 reviews ) Topics: a trip down market street, san francisco 1906, san francisco time lapse, market street time lapse,...
A spoof of Sherlock Holmes who was quite popular at the time, this film was directed by Alice Guy Blache in the Solex Studios. Probable made sometime about 1911. See Algie the Miner or Officer Henderson elsewhere on the Archive. ( 1 reviews ) Topics: silents, Sherlock Holmes, detective
Charlie Chaplins 53rd Film Released July 10 1916 The Vagabond was a silent film by Charlie Chaplin and his third film with Mutual Films. Released in 1916, it co-starred Edna Purviance, Eric Campbell, Leo White and Lloyd Bacon. This film echoed Chaplin's work on The Tramp, with more drama mixed in with comedy. The story begins with Charlie, playing music to raise money, and instead finds the abused girl (played by Edna) living in a gypsy camp. As in The Tramp, he works on finding a way to help... ( 3 reviews ) Topics: Charlie Chaplin, Silents
Charlie Chaplin's 56th Film Released Oct 02 1916. The Pawnshop was Charlie Chaplin's sixth film for Mutual Film Company. Chaplin played the role of assistant to the pawnshop owner. Henry Bergman played the owner and Edna Purviance the owner's daughter. Albert Austin played an alarm clock owner who watches Charlie in dismay as he checks out the clock. This was one of Chaplin's more popular Mutual Films, mainly for the slapstick comedy he was famous for at the time.... ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Charlie Chaplin, Silents
Little Nemo is a very early animation (1911) drawn by Windsor McCay and based on his comic strip, Little Nemo in Slumberland. It is interesting in that it shows McCay drawing the pictures which will later go into the animation. ( 4 reviews ) Topics: silents, animation
Lon Chaney plays Blizzard, a deranged psychopath scarred by the childhood operation where a young doctor mistakingly amputated both of his legs. Hellbent on revenge Blizzard becomes a master criminal. This is one of Lon Chaney's most famous non-horror roles. This is copied from video mastered off a well worn home movie print. ( 7 reviews ) Topics: Feature Films, Silent films, Lon Chaney, Wallace Worsley, Gouverneur Morris
This is a short preview. You can watch the whole film here:http://silent-hall-of-fame.org/index.php/gems-for-donation"The White Outlaw" (1925) is a classic silent Western starring Jack Hoxie and Marceline Day, stars of Silent Hall of Fame. Directed by Clifford SmithWritten by Isadore BernsteinStarring Jack Hoxie, Marceline DayDistributed by Universal Pictures CorporationRelease date 6... ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Jack Hoxie, Marceline Day, silent film, silent movie stars, free classic film, old movies, silent...
Le Cauchemar, 1896, 1m09s Star Film Catalogue No. 82 In the grip of a nightmare, a man tosses and turns in bed. He imagines a woman sitting at the foot end, clad only in a sheet, but when he reaches out to embrace her, she turns into a blackface minstrel with a banjo, and he reacts in horror, falling back onto the bed. The minstrel leaps up onto the bed and performs a song and dance routine. Unable to stand it any longer, the man grabs him by the shoulders, only to find him turning into Pierrot... ( 3 reviews ) Topics: Gen X, Georges Méliès, Fantasy
An old proprietor is startled by the sudden appearance of a skull. Just as he draws back from the uncanny object, the doors of a medieval wardrobe fly back and a hand prods him with a sword. He turns to confront his assailant when it vanishes, and at the same instant the skull flies to the other end of the room. He clutches at the skull, when it turns into the half form of a girl from the waist up, suspended in mid-air. As he gazes in amusement, the other half of the girl, fully dressed from... ( 3 reviews ) Topics: Gen X, Walter R Booth, Public Domain, British cinema, Comedy, Silent Movie, Short
"Hearts of the world" is a war drama directed by D. W. Griffith. This film illustrates the work of actor Robert Harron and cinematographer Billy Bitzer, stars of Silent Hall of Fame. Two American families share a house in a peaceful French town. The Boy (Robert Harron) of one family and the Girl (Lillian Gish) of the other have a romance. When the war breaks out the Boy joins the army and the Girl puts her wedding dress in a box. Despite heroic resistance from the defenders of... ( 1 reviews ) Topics: D. W. Griffith, Lillian Gish, Robert Harron, Dorothy Gish, Billy Bitzer, silent film, silent movie...
Les cartes vivantes Also known as The Living Playing Cards in the USA (1905) French B&W : Short film Directed by Georges Méliès A bearded magician holds up a large playing card and makes it larger. He tears up a card of a queen, burns the torn bits, and a life-size Queen of Hearts card appears; then, it becomes alive. The magician puts her back into the card. The same thing happens with the King of Clubs: the card becomes alive. The king removes his costume, and there's something very... ( 2 reviews ) Topics: Gen X, Georges Méliès, Short Film, Silent Film, Drama, Fantasy
Dziga Vertov's Man With A Movie Camera is considered one of the most innovative and influential films of the silent era. Startlingly modern, this film utilizes a groundbreaking style of rapid editing and incorporates innumerable other cinematic effects to create a work of amazing power and energy. Film pioneer Dziga Vertov uses all the cinematic techniques available at the time - dissolves, split screen, slow motion and freeze frames. This movie is silent! But here are some music that i think... ( 14 reviews ) Topics: Silent, Documentary
The title, is Probably an Americanization of the French, Les Mousquetaire de Pigalle, This is one of the better Griffith shorts. Made in 1913, it has a lovely performance by Lilian Gish which should remind you why she became a great star. Harry Cary who later did unbelievable stunts for John Ford and other Western directors is also in the picture. He is the tough looking gang member. Notice the interesting crowd scenes in the alley and on the street where every member of the crowd has a part to... ( 1 reviews ) Topics: police, corruption, mon, griffith
Fritz Lang's silent sci-fi classic. NOTE: this was transferred from a vhs copy. The print that this was taken from was well-worn and quite faded in many scenes. Shows the importance of film preservation. ( 2 reviews ) Topics: Lang, sci-fi, feature films
Charlie Chaplin's 49th Film Released May 27 1916 Police was Charlie Chaplin's 14th released film from Essanay. It was made at the Majestic Studio in Los Angeles. Charlie playing an ex-convict finds life on the outside not to his liking and leads him to breaking into a home with another thief (Wesley Ruggles). Edna Purviance plays the girl living in the home who tries to change him. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0007194/ ( 4 reviews ) Topics: Charlie Chaplin, Silents
How do you deal with an invisible thief? ORIGINAL TITLE Le voleur invisible YEAR 1909 DIRECTOR Segundo de Chomón SCREENWRITER Segundo de Chomón CINEMATOGRAPHER Segundo de Chomón Country: France Language: French Release Date: 1909 (France) Production Co: Pathé Frères Sound Mix: Silent Color: Black and White ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Gen X, Segundo de Chomón, Silent Film, Short Film, Comedy, Animation, Stop-Motion
A sculptor and his assistant quickly make a creation. Director: Segundo de Chomón Stars: Julienne Mathieu Country: France Language: French Release Date: 3 August 1907 (USA) 1907 (France) Production Companies: Pathé Frères Distributors: Pathé Frères (1907) (France and USA) (theatrical) Sound Mix: Silent Color: Black and White Also Known As (AKA) Le sculpteur express France (original title) The Express Sculptor USA ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Gen X, Segundo de Chomón, Fantasy, Comedy, Julienne Mathieu
David Webster escapes from prison after 15 years, having been framed by Fletcher Burton, a prominent businessman. He hides out with Li Fang, a Chinese politician and former friend of Webster's. In order to move about the city undetected, he disguises himself as a cripple, dragging himself about on a pair of crutches. At a local mission, he meets his daughter, a young girl known as "The Angel Lady" because of her many kindly deeds and good works. She befriends the cripple, unaware of... ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Silent Film, Lon Chaney, Public Domain, Chinatown, 1920's
Seamen Enoch Arden (Alfred Paget) returns home after a long absence marooned on a desert island. At home he finds his wife (Lillian Gish) married to another (Wallace Reid), and though he loves her, he cannot bear to disrupt her current happiness. ( 2 reviews ) Topics: silent, short, D.W. Griffith
"The Beloved Rogue" is a historical romantic drama featuring John Barrymore and Marceline Day, a star of Silent Hall of Fame. The film is by any measure a super production even in the contemporary meaning of the word. It has rich sets, enormous crowds, intriguing storyline that includes numerous adventures, such as roof jumping and catapult shooting and, yes, a beautiful romance that goes through agony to reach the final triumph. The film has as its principal player John... ( 1 reviews ) Topics: John Barrymore, Marceline Day, Conrad Veidt, Alan Crosland, silent film, silent movie stars, free...
A lovely French classic from the 1920s. Silent but with music. Two Young women put up a washing line, strip off and wash their clothes. Excellant quality considering how old the film is. A pleasure to watch. ( 5 reviews ) Topic: Stripper - Strippers - Stag - Burlesque
"The Cameraman" is a classic romantic comedy. This film illustrates the work and contributions of Marceline day, a star of Silent Hall of Fame. Let's give our thanks to Warner Bros. for making this film available to the public. You can buy a DVD with the film here:http://www.amazon.com/Buster-Keaton-Collection-Cameraman-Marriage/dp/B00049QQ78/ref=sr_1_15?ie=UTF8&qid=1430762530&sr=8-15&keywords=buster+keaton"The Cameraman" was the first film of Buster Keaton after... ( 2 reviews ) Topics: Buster Keaton, Marceline Day, silent film, silent movie stars, free classic film, old movies,...
This is a short preview. You can watch the whole film here:http://silent-hall-of-fame.org/index.php/gems-for-donation"Cops" is a Joseph M. Schenck short comedy, starring Buster Keaton and featuring Joe Roberts, a star of Silent Hall of Fame. The film is full of hilarious moments and demonstrates Buster Keaton's extraordinary athletic abilities. It enjoys a very strong 7.8 rating on IMDB. "Cops" was added to the National Film Registry in 1997 as being deemed... ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Buster Keaton, Joe Roberts, Eddie Cline, Joseph Schenck, silent film, silent movie stars, free...
This is a short preview. You can watch the whole film here:http://silent-hall-of-fame.org/index.php/gems-for-donation"Way Down East" is a poignant drama directed by D. W. Griffith and starring Lillian Gish. This film illustrates the work of cinematographer Billy Bitzer, a star of Silent Hall of Fame.The film tells the story about a society that ostracizes women for having a child out of wedlock. Anna meets a man, who, in order to get her affections, sets up a fake marriage with... ( 2 reviews ) Topics: D. W. Griffith, Billy Bitzer, Lillian Gish, Richard Barthelmess, silent film, silent movie stars,...
Starring Buster Keaton. "This fellow Keaton seems to be the whole show" Keaton displays his many talents in this one. This comedic short displays not only Keaton's amazing talent, but some envelope pushing cinematography for it's time period, as well. The split screen shots which gave the illusion of more than one Keaton in any given scene were impressive even by today's standards. Certainly Keaton was a pioneer in the film industry in his talents and abilities! His works are still... ( 2 reviews ) Topic: Silent, Buster Keaton, comedy
"The Outlaw and His Wife", "You and I" in IMDB, is a Northern drama, featuring Victor Seastrom (Sjöström), a star of Silent Hall of Fame.A stranger finds work in the ranch of a rich widow. He is a strong and hard worker, and is promoted to oversee the farm. The stranger and the widow fall in love. One day, however, he is recognized as a fugitive from justice living under an assumed name and must flee. The woman follows him and they live as outcasts in the mountains for... ( 1 reviews ) Topics: silent film, silent movie stars, free classic film, old movies, silent film streaming, silent era,...
This is a short preview. You can watch the whole film here:http://silent-hall-of-fame.org/index.php/gems-for-donation"The Goat"" is a Joseph M. Schenck short comedy, starring Buster Keaton and featuring Joe Roberts, a star of Silent Hall of Fame. The film enjoys a very strong 7.8 user rating in IMDB.Directed by Buster Keaton, Malcolm St. ClairProduced by Joseph SchenckScenario by Buster Keaton,... ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Malcolm St. Clair, Buster Keaton, Joe Roberts, silent film, silent movie stars, free classic film,...